We help hundreds of sick and injured stray animals and wildlife each year—in fact, we never turn an ailing one away. Last year, we provided stabilizing care for 1,666 animals. We receive minimal funding from counties in which we serve and depend on the support of donors to help fund treatment for these animals.
Good samaritans are asked to make a donation for the care of the animal they have rescued, but the expense is often much greater than the contribution. DoveLewis also treats injured wildlife, a cost that is unfortunately not reimbursed by anyone. Care for wildlife and the remainder of the expenses for stray and lost animal care is covered through the Stray Animal & Wildlife Fund.
Here are just a few of the stray patients we’ve helped this year thanks to the support of people just like you:
Our 2013 fiscal year numbers are in and our Stray Animal & Wildlife Program continues to be one of our most utilized community programs. We treated 1,166 sick and injured stray and wildlife animals (including lost pets.) These animals are brought to our hospital every year, thanks to the county shelters, Good Samaritans, police officers and firefighters who find them. Because DoveLewis’ doors are open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, we partner with the Audubon Society of Portland to provide stabilizing care for sick and injured wildlife when they are closed nights and weekends. These animals are then transferred to their facility when they open in the morning. In committed effort to locate every stray’s owner, we scan each ailing stray animal brought to our hospital for a microchip and post their photo to our Lost & Found Database. Our database is one of the most comprehensive in the area. The public is also invited to post pictures of lost pets or pets they have found here. We’ve reunited countless families with their pets thanks to this highly-utilized resource.
The donor-supported program provides hundreds of thousands of dollars in care each year, and the number of patients we see annually is trending up. Every donation, big or small, makes a difference to those we treat – patients just like Stevie and Lola. Click the link to learn more about how the DoveLewis Stray Animal & Wildlife Program came to their rescue: http://bit.ly/1dVAQM2
Patient: LolaOwner: Jennifer C.Reason for coming to DoveLewis: Lola was out for a walk with her dog sitter when a car alarm startled her and she slipped out of her collar. Despite her sitter’s effort to catch her, Lola ran away. The next day, a Good Samaritan found her under a bush and took her to DoveLewis after noticing Lola was injured. Doctor(s): Dr. Lee Herold, Dr. Sarah Tauber, Dr. MeiMei WelkerDoveLewis program assistance: Stray Animal & Wildlife ProgramLola’s DoveTaleWhen Jennifer went out of town on a short trip, she never thought she would return to find her dog missing. “I had left my dog, Lola, with her dog sitter, whom she loves,” said Jennifer. “Unfortunately, the worst happened, and when my return flight landed in Portland at 11:30PM, I received the news that Lola had slipped out of her collar while on a walk after being scared by a car alarm.”
Panicked, Jennifer spent the next four hours driving and walking around Portland searching for Lola. After returning home without her dog at 3:30AM and then getting no sleep, Jennifer began contacting local vets and saw that DoveLewis had an online lost and found database. She immediately created a posting. “At that point, I was doing everything I could, but I feared that Lola was gone forever,” she recalls. Luckily, DoveLewis staff member Lee Gray saw Jennifer’s post and recognized the dog pictured, because a Good Samaritan had just brought in a similar looking dog that she’d found injured and hiding under a bush in southwest Portland. Thanks to DoveLewis’ Stray Animal & Wildlife Program, the dog had already been receiving treatment for her injuries by the time Jennifer arrived at DoveLewis to see if it was, in fact, Lola. To her tremendous relief, it was.
“I was a complete wreck,” remembers Jennifer. “I waited a whole year to adopt Lola, because I knew I wanted a Cane Corso. They are extremely wonderful, smart dogs, and when I saw Lola for the first time, I immediately fell in love with her. Finally knowing she was okay after thinking I had lost her was overwhelming.”
As Dr. Lee Herold of DoveLewis shares, “Lola was so sweet. Because of her breed as a Cane Corso she is well muscled and some people mistake this for being fierce, but Lola was simply gentle. She sustained some bumps and bruises in her skin, but also more seriously, some bruising in her lungs from an unknown severe trauma; we suspect she was hit by a car. Although she was scared because she had to come to a strange place without her mom, she never tried to bite and just allowed us to treat her. She stayed overnight so we could manage her pain and keep her comfortable, and to ensure that her lung trauma did not worsen. Fortunately she remained stable and was able to be discharged to her mom the following day.”
“The vet was really good about explaining everything,” said Jennifer. “Before Lola, I’d had a dog who died after I took him to the vet for what I thought was a cold, so I was worried in general that something bad would happen even after I was told I could take Lola home.” Although Lola was stiff and couldn’t get up onto the bed, she did well and got back to her normal self after about two weeks at home. “She totally left her puncture wounds alone so they would heal,” said Jennifer. “She didn’t even need a cone! That’s pretty great for any dog, much less a 10-month-old puppy.” Now, Lola is feeling good and is more than ready to make up for lost time.
“I had no idea about DoveLewis’ stray program prior to Lola’s incident, and it was truly overwhelming that the hospital treated Lola before they knew whether or not she had an owner. I never thought in a million years that this would happen, but I’m so thankful for everything,” said Jennifer.
Sometimes, the biggest and most powerful stories come fromthe smallest of survivors. Survivors like Nudge, a tiny Chihuahua weighing less than 5 pounds and foundall alone; cold, lost and injured. Hit by a car while fending for himself onthe street, Nudge had nowhere to turn and little hope of survival until aguardian angel brought him to DoveLewis.
Nudge’s story is just one of many dramatic true tales of how DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital is here for the animals in need in our community.
Nudge’s history with DoveLewis started on a dark January night - on the streets far from the warm, loving home where a precious little dog like Nudge should have been. Barely larger than a squirrel, he was not going tobe readily seen.
The worst thing that could have happened did. Nudge wandered on to a busy road and an unsuspectingdriver hit him and didn’t even realize it.
Fortunately, a Good Samaritan witnessed the accident and watched Nudge roll underneath the vehicle and out the back. With little time to waste, the Good Samaritan brought Nudge to the only place they knew could helphim, DoveLewis.
Once he arrived, Nudge was admitted immediately with traumatic head injuries. He needed specialized, around-the-clock attention and was in our care for three, long days. This tiny, sweet little ball of fur quickly won overthe hearts of everyone who met him.
Soon he was eating and drinking and was transferred to the care of our partner, Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) where he was transferred to the care of a skilled foster family. With the help of a quick-acting GoodSamaritan and the dedicated teams at MCAS and DoveLewis, Nudge is now fully rehabilitated and on his way to his forever home.
As the only non-profit, 24-hour emergency and ICU animal hospital in town, we treat not only your animals but also injured strays and wildlife that have no other hope.
Nudge’s live-saving treatment was made possible through the support of DoveLewis’ Stray and Wildlife fund - a donor-funded program supported by people just like you. Whether you choose to make a gift to Stray and Wildlife, the Velvet Assistance Fund for low-income families, or any of our other crucial community programs, you canrest assured that your gift makes a real difference in the life of an animal.
Please help us create more happy endings and save more animals just like Nudge. With your help we can continue to connect the healing hands of DoveLewis with those in need.
Make a gift to DoveLewis today to help animals like Nudge.
Thank you for your support.
Your ongoing support of the Stray Animal & Wildlife Fund is very important to DoveLewis. Here is a story of how the Stray Animal & Wildlife Fund saved an adorable little dog. Without this fund, Cami would never have received the care she needed:
Late one afternoon while working at DoveLewis, I heard about a small female dog in our emergency room, who had been brought to DoveLewis by a Multnomah County Animal Services Officer. I went downstairs to briefly meet her. As I arrived, this little girl had just been given a complete evaluation by the DoveLewishospital staff. She was tiny, thin and covered with fleas. She had fur on herhead and legs only, but was otherwise mostly devoid of fur, with rough,thickened, scaly skin that appeared more like a reptile’s skin than a canine’s.She immediately was given treatment for her severe flea infestation. From aside view, she looked like she had a full face mask of fur on her head, as shehad no fur on her neck. She had a large tumor on her stomach. And she had verysweet, soulful, sad brown eyes. Though she was at DoveLewis, where she was verysafe and loved by the staff, she shivered continuously. She stole my heart.DoveLewis provided overnight supportive care for her, and she was transferredto Multnomah County Animal Shelter the following day. DoveLewis partners with local county animalshelters to help stray animals who would otherwise have no hope.
I had previously filled out the necessary paperwork at Multnomah County AnimalShelter, and had completed an interview to become a ‘medical foster’ for asmall dog. I contacted the person in charge of the foster program at MultnomahCounty Animal Shelter about fostering her. She would need to be in a fosterhome for recovery following surgery to remove her tumor, dentistry to removeher bad teeth and for time to healher skin condition. My fostering her was approved, and she joined our family offour older rescued dogs, which consisted of two one–eyed Shih Tzus, a one–eyedYorkie, and a small back dog. Tentative at first, ‘Cami’ as we started callingher, quickly settled in to our family, loving her frequent baths to make herskin softer, and the food and environment we provided for her in our home; shewas gaining confidence daily!
Dr. Meghan Romney, the staff Veterinarian at MCAS, scheduled surgery to remove Cami’stumor, extract eight badly diseased teeth, and spay her. Cami did great in herpost operative recovery period, coming to work with me every day at DoveLewis,where the staff frequently stopped by to say hello, see how she was doing, andgive her love and treats! Cami was getting used to sleeping quietly in my lapas I worked, and she did not want me to leave for work in the morning withouther!
Just as Cami was nearing the end of her foster period with us, Gumbo, one of our dear Shih Tzus, wasseen at DoveLewis over the July 4th weekend because he suddenlydeveloped some difficulty breathing at night. Following a CT scan that was doneat DoveLewis, he was found to have an advanced intranasal tumor, with a poorprognosis for recovery. We gave him lots of love, day trips to the beach, newtoys and chicken dinners during his last month with us, but we recently said afinal goodbye to Gumbo at DoveLewis when he let us know it was time. Ken and I were so grateful for the kindness,compassion and expertise the entire DoveLewis staff showed our dear Gumbo andboth of us during that difficult month. We miss Gumbo terribly, but Cami musthave come into DoveLewis and into our lives when she did for a reason, as wehave now adopted her into our family.
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